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Understanding body-focused repetitive behavior disorders.
Tara Peris Ph.D.
Why don’t the same treatments for BFRBs yield the same results in all patients? The answer may lie deep inside our bodies.
Has therapy for your body-focused repetitive behavior failed to help? Two new approaches that might improve your results.
Can psychotherapy help patients with BFRBs? Yes, if the therapist takes the right approach.
Evidence-based treatments help many with BFRBs, but people respond differently, and relapse is common. The solution may lie in precision-medicine research.
Body-focused repetitive behaviors often go undiagnosed for years. Here's what every doctor who treats children should know about spotting and treating these disorders.
Many people with BFRBs report that sometimes they are aware of their behavior, while at other times it seems automatic. Does it matter?
Imagine if during childhood you avoided swimming and wore long sleeves to ride a bike? For kids with BFRBs, summer means fear of uncovering what they'd prefer to hide.
How can you tell if a habitual behavior like biting your nails is a sign of a mental health disorder? If the behavior troubles you, it may be time to seek help.
Body-focused repetitive behaviors are more common than you might think.
Tara Peris, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute.